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The aerial photography is a tool to be efficient during winter months when getting around homes is not feasible. Prior, there were snowy photos and guesstimations. Now, measurements can be made within one foot accuracy.The portion of staff that does not like change and technology are slowly but surely retiring every june, so each year Baker´s goals are met quicker and more efficiently. The alternative assessor has no record for improving efficiency or lowering budgets. Baker has taken staff down 20% and his deputy has foregone his raise in recent budgets. This is what the national uproar is about. Less govt spending and more accountability and less bloated employee wages. Baker listened and has delivered and will continue to deliver when elected.
Fortunately, I don´t need the job but work their because I believe in Baker and his leadership. Either outcome I have choices but some don´t and it is for those I worry.
Since I still work for the county, I have to submit to drug testing so I cannot smoke what you are smoking. Those senior, qualified people you refer to are the dug in, union hiding employees who are the last great stand against modernization that baker is pushing through. Regardless of who is elected or what you are smoking, ten years from now your ideals and historic stands against perceived persecution will be obsolete much like a typewriter. Baker has already taken us into the next decade with technology and that cannot be undone. The pictometry is a 5 year deal and will be here for us either way.
I do work in that office and the only people unhappy are the ones having to work more due to budget cuts and they think horton can print money to hire more people....but she would have the same budget as baker and no experience to balance it. Having experience as a worker does not give you leadership experience. Clearwater county is like 7k people and spokane county is 400k . The complaints have no merit so no matter who investigates the only new thing is going to be more taxpayer dollars wasted at each level. Horton does not have enough time left to live to get the experience and education baker has already. Our office will have bigger worries if horton gets in there as we won´t know if there will be enough money for all of to get paid. We don´t need horton(union shop steward for the last several years) costing the taxpayers more money to do what baker has already figured out and excels at. FYI the complaints stem from employees who were adverse to change, efficiency and technology, most retired or left but continue to waste taxpayer money with their historic knowledge of things that happened years ago. Their character is shown by quitting/retiring and going to the press when they had no legitimate contention.
1. It is just bad posture for the subject of an article to comment herself (newassessornow=horton). But she wouldn´t know that because she lacks the education that teaches you business etiquette.2. The auditor´s office just investigated and found no fraud on a complaint and they are not internal.3. The proof is in the work Baker has done to use less taxpayer dollars and to cut the fat from the department. Government workers are well compensated and have the best benefits available. I have no sympathy or interest in how they feel about having to be more efficient. Hopefully, Baker will continue to require efficiency to the point where there will be no time for whining and undermining like a few have been doing the last couple of years. In any other company, if you you took your complaints to the press you would get canned.
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